Peter Daniel, former vice president and treasurer, dies

| December 17, 2013

Members of the Sweet Briar community were saddened to learn of the death of Peter V. Daniel, vice president and treasurer emeritus, who died Dec. 12, 2013.

Daniel came to Sweet Briar in 1954 as treasurer and assistant to the president. In 1971, he became vice president and treasurer until his retirement in 1986.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia Cruikshank Daniel, his sister, Helen Daniel Rodman, and his brothers, William V. Daniel and Channing W. Daniel.

Peter Daniel

He is survived by his sons Peter Vivian Daniel Jr., of Wilton, Conn., and Dabney Maury Daniel and his wife, Margaret Perry Daniel, of Atlanta; two grandsons, Peter McLane Daniel and William Penn Daniel; and a sister-in-law, Lucy Kellogg Daniel of Richmond.

Daniel was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the Haverford School. He served in World War II in the Air Force as a navigator, bombardier and radar operator. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1949, he was employed by Chase National Bank in New York as a foreign service management trainee. Prior to joining Sweet Briar’s administration, he worked at State Planter’s Bank in Richmond.

In 1975, Daniel and his wife, Lydia, began restoring a 120-acre farm on the Tye River in Amherst County, where they raised cattle and beagle dogs for conformation shows. They lived at the farm until 1995, when they moved to Lynchburg.

Daniel was active in community affairs in Amherst and Lynchburg, serving on numerous boards and committees, including as a member of the Rotary Club, Humane Society of Amherst County, the local chambers of commerce and several private schools. He was a senior warden of Ascension Episcopal Church in Amherst and served as acting treasurer of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, now Randolph College.

In addition to his civic involvement, Daniel took up painting in his retirement, a talent encouraged by his association with Sweet Briar’s art faculty, for which he was grateful. He exhibited and sold a number of his paintings. In 2002, Peter and Lydia Daniel moved to Westminster Canterbury in Lynchburg, where he served on the Employee Educational Assistance Committee, the Performance Oversight Committee, and the Westminster Canterbury Foundation Board.

The Daniels were ardent supporters of the College and over the years, they were regular participants at many Sweet Briar campus and community events.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Sweet Briar College Friends of Art Fund, 134 Chapel Road, Sweet Briar, VA 24595, or Westminster Canterbury’s General Endowment Fund, 501 VES Road, Lynchburg, VA 24503.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Westminster Canterbury, 501 VES Road, Lynchburg, with the Rev. Diane E. Vie officiating.

Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory in Lynchburg (434-237-9424) is assisting the family.

The full obituary can be found online here.

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